We have developed an innovative way of working that brings a wealth of skill and expertise to help organisations and groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in South Gloucestershire to evolve and grow.

Our small staff team and large network of Associates can provide our standard support services and can provide bespokely tailored and specialised support.

Our network of Associates bring together a number of professionals with a wide range of skill and expertise.   

Our small dedicated staff team comprises of

  • Chief Officer, Helen Black 
  • Finance Officer, Jackie Lawton
  • Business Support Officer, Tracey McCarthy
  • Development Officer, seconded to South Gloucestershire Disability Network, Sophie Wainwright
  • Development Officer, seconded to Abbotswood Action Group, Rob Elliot

Helen Black, Chief Officer

Helen has been working in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) infranstructure since 1998. Chief Officer of CVS South Gloucestershire since January 2010. Previous roles include Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations and Deputy Director of Bradford CVS. Chief Executive of GAVCA September 2014-August 2015. 

Her areas of responsibility are:

Partnership Working: Compact Implementation Group Vice Chair, Chair VCSE Leaders Board

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector representation and advocacy: South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership, Chief Officers Group, Safer & Stronger Partnership Vice Chair, Economy and Skills Partnership, Children’s Trust Board Vice Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Group

Contact Helen on tel 01454 865205 or email [email protected]


Jackie Lawton, Finance Officer

Jackie has worked directly in finance and administration roles for 15 years, and joined CVS South Gloucestershire in June 2013. In July 2015 she successfully completed her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Qualification

Her areas of responsibility are Managing Finances for CVS and for CVS Delivery Partners

Contact Jackie tel 01454 865205 or email [email protected]


Tracey McCarthy, Business Support Officer

Tracey is providing temporary support to CVS South Gloucestershire including ensuring the CVS office at Poole Court is well maintained to support staff, support the maintenance and review of our policies, co-ordinating the work of the Associates and the Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme, arranging meetings, workshops and conferences, supporting the Trustee Board and administering the CVS membership scheme.

Contact Tracey tel 01454 865205 or email [email protected]


Sophie Wainwright

Sophie is employed by CVS and seconded to South Gloucestershire Disability Network.

Sophie has a wide range of experience in the charity sector, particularly in project-based roles creating social change, from a large-scale EU-funded project to community behaviour change projects. She currently also works managing volunteers for another local charity.

Rob Elliot, Community Development Officer

Rob is employed by CVS and seconded to Abbotswood Action Group as their Community Development Worker.

A background gathered in a variety of roles and places including East Oxford, East London, Gloucestershire and North Bristol in Youth, Community and Children’s Work as a Volunteer, Youth worker, Tutor, Trainer, Project Leader, Community Organiser and Fundraiser.